NASA is about to announce it has uncovered alien life, according to mysterious hacking group Anonymous.
The internet collective posted a video on YouTube with the words “NASA says aliens are coming!”
The group has based its assertion on a recent meeting of the US Science Space and Technology Committee.
It was there that Professor Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, is said to have claimed the world was “on the verge of making one of the most profound, unprecedented, discoveries in history”.
Last week NASA announced the Kepler space telescope had identified 219 “potential new worlds”, including 10 which feel into the Goldilocks zone – not too hot, not too cold, but just right for life to exist.
Anonymous’ video features its trademark “newsreader” in Guy Fawkes mask, with a distorted computer voice speaking over the top.
Quoting a NASA spokesman at the committee, the video says: “There are many who claim that unofficially, mankind has already made contact with aliens and not just little micro organisms floating around inside a massive alien ocean, but advanced space-faring civilisations.
“Twenty five years ago, we didn’t know that planets existed beyond our solar system.
“Today we have confirmed the existence of over 3,400 exoplanets that orbit other suns, and we continue to make new discoveries.”
Professor Zurbuchen is then quoted as saying: “Our civilisation is on the verge of discovering evidence of alien life in the cosmos.
“Taking into account all of the different activities and missions that are specifically searching for evidence of alien life, we are on the verge of making one of the most profound, unprecedented, discoveries in history.”
An exoplanet is a planet outside of our solar system that orbits a star..
To date the Kepler mission has discovered 2,300 confirmed exoplanets.